CLEVELAND -- On Tuesday night, baseball's biggest stars took the field for the MLB All-Star Game.
But the biggest highlight from the event didn't come during game action, but rather in between the fifth and six innings.
As a part of MLB's "Stand Up to Cancer" initiative, those in attendance at Progressive Field were given place cards to write who they stand up to cancer for. Included in the ceremony were the announcers, umpires and players in the game, who all stood on the field to share who they were representing.
What was initially a somber moment, however, soon turned celebratory as Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco joined his four teammates playing in the game, as well as manager Terry Francona on the field. Over the weekend, Carrasco revealed he has been diagnosed with leukemia, which has kept him sidelined from baseball activity since early June.
The cards held by Francona, Francisco Lindor, Shane Bieber, Carlos Santana and Brad Hand each read "Cookie" -- Carrasco's nickname. Carrasco's card, meanwhile, simply read: "I stand" as the visibly emotional Indians pitcher looked into the camera and acknowledged the fans in attendance cheering him on.
You can watch the full video of Carrasco's moment on the field in the video below.
On Sunday, the Indians released a health update on Carrasco, which revealed he has been cleared for strength and conditioning programs, as well as throwing activity. In revealing his diagnosis, which is considered a treatable form of leukemia, Carrasco said that he has the condition "under control."
Now in his 10th season with the Tribe, Carrasco amassed a 4-6 record, 4.98 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 12 starts before his diagnosis.